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Learn about the natural health benefits of Physiotherapy & find an Physiotherapy practitioner/clinic in Auckland, Hamilton, Bay of Plenty, Wellington, Christchurch, Dunedin to assist you further within New Zealand.

PHYSIOTHERAPY FACTFILE

Fact: Physiotherapy dates back to Ancient Greece and the era of Hippocrates.
Origin:
  The UK recognized the therapy as a specialized branch of nursing in 1894.
Therapy Type:
Movement


WHAT EXACTLY IS PHYSIOTHERAPY?

Physiotherapy, also referred to as physical therapy, is a science-based healthcare profession, which views movement as central to health and wellbeing. Physiotherapists are also thought of, as ‘movement specialists’.  This is due to the therapists’ ability to maximize the body’s range of movement through promoting health, providing advice on prevention, using rehabilitation techniques and treatment. Physiotherapists through their deep and distinctive knowledge and awareness of how the body moves, what hinders movement and how to re establish movement, provides health care with a unique insight. This insight is demonstrated through a wide range of natural approaches, such as; motivation, exercise and equipment, which enables you to become aware of your joints, lungs, heart and muscles and how you can allow them to function at their full capacity.  Physiotherapy treatment can examine and treat a range of conditions that impact upon children’s and adult’s physical abilities. 

The practice of physiotherapy is drug‐free and has established itself in the assistance of aiding in the rehabilitation of patient’s who endure Multiple Sclerosis, strokes and Parkinson’s disease, as well as numerous other individuals who suffer with other debilitating, chronic or congenital diseases.  In addition patient’s who are recovering from any major surgery have also found physiotherapy to be valuable.

Physiotherapy provides the client with the framework of knowledge and there is an expectation that you combine this knowledge into your lifestyle and take responsibility for your own healing.


IS PHYSIOTHERAPY THE RIGHT THERAPY FOR YOU?

Physiotherapy may benefit the following physical and mental conditions:

  • Abdominal Pain
  • Accident Trauma                 
  • Arthritis                      
  • Asthma                      
  • Ankle & Foot Pain                  
  • Back (Upper/Lower) Pain/Stiffness      
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome          
  • Chronic Pain                  
  • Circulation Problems              
  • Constipation                  
  • Digestion Problems              
  • Disk Injuries                  
  • Ear Infection                  
  • Facial Pain                      
  • Fibrositis                      
  • Fractures                      
  • Frozen Shoulder                                       
  • Headaches                      
  • Heel Pain                      
  • Hip Pain
  • Indigestion                
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
  • Infant Colic
  • Jaw Pain/TMJ
  • Joint Pain
  • Knee Pain
  • Ligament Sprains                
  • Lumbago
  • Menstrual Pain
  • Migraines
  • Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
  • Muscular Cramps
  • Neck Pain/Stiffness
  • Osteoporosis
  • Repetitive Strain Injury (RSI)
  • Rheumatism
  • Sciatica
  • Scoliosis
  • Spine Injuries
  • Sports Injuries
  • Sprains/Strains
  • Stress                
  • Tennis/Golfers Elbow
  • Whiplash
 


WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM PHYSIOTHERAPY SESSIONS

Your initial consultation may last between 45 to 60 minutes.  Follow up sessions are shorter and are generally 30 to 45 minutes in duration.  The physiotherapist will complete a thorough assessment that includes your lifestyle, level of physical activity, work environment, diet and any relevant past medical history. They may also examine your mobility and ask you to remove clothing in order to perform a series of simple movements.  As you perform the movements, they will assess mobility by observing your range of movement and gently feeling your spine, shoulders and muscles.  From the examination feedback your therapist can then offer a diagnosis and discuss treatment options specific to your needs.

A proposed course of treatment is set out once you understand your condition and what can be done to manage it.  Various rehabilitative techniques will be employed depending upon the nature of your condition.  Therapy may include; mobilization, manipulation, functional and rehabilitative exercises, postural correction, relaxation therapy, laser, ultrasound, electrotherapy or heat treatment massage.  Following your session the therapist will give you ‘homework’, which is an important continuation of your treatment and the self-healing process and needs to be adhered to.  The homework could be exercises or advice on how to reduce any negative influences on the body. 

You can expect to see considerable benefit within two to four sessions although a single treatment can sometimes be sufficient. Your Physiotherapist should make you feel at ease and communicate effectively throughout the consultation.
 

FINDING A QUALIFIED PHYSIOTHERAPIST

People experience a range of sensations from pain relief to muscle soreness during physiotherapy.  This is normal and is an indication of your body responding to treatment. In New Zealand, it is a requirement under the Health Practitioners Competence Assurance Act for all physiotherapists to be registered with the Physiotherapy Board of New Zealand.  This ensures that they meet the competencies required to practice physiotherapy and the therapy is carried out in a suitable and safe environment.  These regulations also guarantee a specialist who has undergone certifiable training and receives professional upskilling.

The Wellness Directory provides a ready-made referral list of certified Practitioners within your region.  We fully encourage you to do some independent research by checking out individual credentials, i.e. experience, training, qualifications, relevant client feedback and so forth.


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